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Half Day in Portland

jchristy1515 Aug 15, 2011 09:59 PM


My wife and I have a brief trip where we're primarily doing the oregon coast then coming back up through the wine country. We arrive on a sunday night and basically have Monday morning and lunch to hang out in Portland. We're staying at the Ace Hotel.

Would like a lunch recommendation in a cool Portland location we could explore that morning. Ideally a place with a nice view, interesting people/scene. Flexible on food style/ethnic. We will have a car (unfortunately, but needed for a road trip).

Powell's sounds cool, heard the Pearl District is nice, someone else recommended the grotto. With our time so short seems like we just have to pick one or two things. Any ideas welcome!

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    chalmers RE: jchristy1515 Aug 16, 2011 12:44 AM

    I don't know what the grotto is (unless you mean Fish Grotto, in which case: stay away!). Given the time limit and where you're staying, I would either:

    1. Wander around the Pearl and downtown - Go to Powell's then head down 13th, 12th or 11th, stick your head in any stores that interest you, go to Jameson Square and the wetlands, then walk back to the west end (where your hotel is) via Union Station (it's beautiful inside), Old Town and the waterfront.

    2. Walk/bus/Max up to Washington Park and go for a walk up to the rose test gardens and the Japanese garden, which features one of the best views of the city. You won't see so many interesting people (mostly tourists and local families) but if you're into the great outdoors, it's both close and beautiful.

    The Pioneer Square farmers market is on Mondays. It's small but lovely, and whatever you choose to do in the morning, I would aim to end up there for lunch - you can taste a bunch of local produce and meet the people who make it, and there are several really good lunch vendors there (I'd recommend Tastebud or Verde Cocina).

    As for breakfast, the first route will give you more options. Either way, breakfast at Kenny and Zuke's (below the Ace) is pretty great. If you head into the Pearl, Lovejoy Bakery has some great breakfast sandwiches. If you don't want something so heavy, Courier Coffee near Powell's is one of the city's best roasters and bake really delicious and interesting pastries and granola every morning.

    If you don't want to have lunch at the Farmers Market, Clyde Common (also below the Ace) is incredibly reasonably priced at lunch, as is Gruner a few blocks away (both get spendy for dinner). The food carts at 9th and Alder are just nearby and totally worth your time. Andina (Peruvian, and I would think one of the most widely loved restaurants in the city) is open for lunch and, unlike for dinner, you can actually get a table.

    Clyde Common
    1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

    Andina Restaurant
    1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

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    1. re: chalmers
      jchristy1515 RE: chalmers Aug 16, 2011 08:36 PM

      This is great, thanks so much. Grotto is some kind of shrine/garden. But the Japanese Garden was recommended as well and sounds great. And I'm a fan of Farmer's markets so that sounds perfect, as do the breakfast options.

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        Windy RE: jchristy1515 Aug 16, 2011 09:08 PM

        A note that Kenny and Zuke's does serve its famous pastrami at breakfast. Don't miss it--or get a sandwich to take with you.

        Cacao is within a block or two of the Ace. We loved the trio of tasting chocolates. Not that I'd skip the food carts or markets.

        You might try to arrive in time for a drink and late bite at Clyde Commons or elsewhere Sunday. Portland has so many great bars (with happy hour snacks and prices). Wineries will close by 5 or 6.

        Clyde Common
        1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

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